Christmas came early at Greenbrier Elementary School.
Principal Michele Sherman had promised the children at the beginning of the year that they could earn a holiday surprise if they read 7,000 books by Dec. 14. The pupils and the teachers came through for each other.
The children read more than 10,000 books, and staff members donned 1950s outfits and dancing shoes to perform in a show, Rock-N-Read , for the student body Thursday.
Third-grader Thomas Walden, 9, said the teachers had been dropping hints about the big event during the year. They had told the pupils that they could look forward to special guests and a rocking good time, but Thomas, who read eight books, said they did not know about the performance until they got into the gym.
"I thought the show was great," he said. "I liked Elvis and the twist."
Elvis Presley tribute artist Jeff Barnes sang several numbers, but he brought down the house with his performance of Johnny B. Goode .
Steve Smith, of radio station WKXZ-FM (99.5) served as the master of ceremonies. He introduced each act and told the children about life in the 1950s, when a gallon of gasoline cost 20 cents, a postage stamp cost 3 cents and minimum wage was 75 cents an hour.
The third-grade teachers opened the show with a dance to Rockin' Robin and a performance of the hand jive.
Santa Claus waded into the audience, shaking hands with pupils, who were decked out in Santa hats and red and green clothing.
The second-grade teachers hula-hooped their way through The Twist . They also shared the toys with several pupils whom they brought on stage to show off their talents with the hula hoops.
The fourth-grade teachers, featuring Miss Bubbly and The Splashes, entertained the pupils with their rendition of Splish Splash . They "dried off" with towels that said "Awesome Readers," "Way to Go," "Great Job" and "Keep Reading."
Jordan Battle, 10, said "the bathtub" was her favorite part of the show.
"It was funny," said the fifth-grader, who read 15 books.
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